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There are big gains to be made with an increase in bed tax

Published: Mon, April 9, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

There are big gains to be made with an increase in bed tax

As a follow up to the April 2 story by Ed Runyan, with regard to the passage about the bed tax in Mahoning County, I wish to be on record as supporting the increase.

When I first read the story I had to check the date again as I thought it might be an April Fools joke. Mr. Visnapuu, as a taxpayer of Mahoning County has every right to question the increase of any local tax, however, as a member of the Western Reserve Port Authority Board he should know better.

The amount of good that can come from this new revenue stream for both Mahoning and Trumbull counties for not only the airport and the air base but the economic development projects that are being considered far out weighs any concerns he might have on the subject.

In the past, I have been critical of Ms. DeLeone — the way she was hired and the salary she has been paid — and was the only board member to vote against these things. However, I will support the need to continue the economic development and the role that the port authority can play in making these things happen.

A railroad spur at the airport which will bring us closer to a multi-modal center for freight shipping and the cleaning of the Mahoning River, especially in the downtown Youngstown area, are two of the projects that can move forward with the increase in the bed tax.

There are no politics involved, just a need to make these things happen for the continued progress of our Valley.

DON HANNI III, Youngstown

The writer is a member of the board of the Western Reserve Port Authority.


1author50(1121 comments)posted 3 years ago

I wouldn't believe Don Hanni III (or any Hanni for that matter) if they told me day was light and night was dark.

Kudos to Mr. Viznapu for doing his job as a taxpayer AND a member of the Board.

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2redeye1(4951 comments)posted 3 years ago

When I saw on the news that Timmy Ryan was backing the tax. That was enough for me to know that it isn't a worthwhile cause to just raise the bed taxes.

@the thinker GREAT POST!! Let's see if someone from the authority answers your question.

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3truth101(20 comments)posted 3 years ago

@thethinker, you have done an excellent job of defining the problem and a potential solution! We all want productive, progressive economic development and few would oppose reasonable funding for that effort.
The problem is not with the Port Authority per se, it is with the port authority board and political mismanagement. It's time for a complete change. Eliminate the current members and replace them with a coalition of knowledgeable, experienced businessmen - not political hacks and appointees. Provide oversight and instill accountability by a group other than politicians.

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4DontBanThisDrone(663 comments)posted 3 years ago

"They already have one employee making over $150,000 a year and hasn't been to work for months!!"



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5HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 3 years ago

One Hanni (Don) fed well from the public trough and then the entire family sees what a great meal it is and gets their snouts in too. I'll wager that a Hanni will be on the government dole forever.

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61loaf(100 comments)posted 3 years ago

I wonder if the Authority is responsable for the Forbes repoert featured on the business page of the Wed. Vindy. It said Forbes found Y-Town to be the 4th best urban center to raise children in the US! Listed good schools as one of the positive factors! If the authority had any influence on this report they are AAA111 in propaganda if nothing else. Convincing Forbes of that would have required all of their time since they got a snout in the golden trough.

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7jeepers(127 comments)posted 3 years ago

Have all the members take a 25% pay cut and see what work they can accomplish with that levelof funding. If some results can be seen in 2-3 yrs., then consider raising the bed tax. Right now is not a good time to further gouge the travelers to this valley. Better ramp up the lobbying to keep the air base at its previous level of activity. The losses we are seeing there will be negatively affecting the local economy for yrs to come. This area has been so completely controlled by the Democrats for so long-Obama should be rewarding his valley-not punishing us like we are a republican stronghold.

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